> You bet they will, if you use them to do stuff in half an hour that takes the Excel pushers half a day.
No you won't, and that's the fact.
For the most real businesses out there tasks that can be automated make a fairly small part of the workload. Having a better infrastructure - like storing documents in SVN or SharePoint instead of mailing them back-and-forth, gives SOME improvement but it almost never is decisive.
> Compare dskoll's experience thinking »out of the box«.
I'm explaining for the umpteenth time: it doesn't matter. Windows infrastructure works acceptably so for most users and most businesses DO NOT care about their IT as long as it gets stuff done.
And they're right, you know. Do you care about the color of your stapler? What would you say if tomorrow somebody comes and says:
- Hey, we have this new paper-folding system that can replace your staplers! It can cut down on number of workplace injuries and speed up your document flow.
- Great, how much does it cost?
- It's just $10000, but you'll be able to recoup the cost in a couple of years.
- Well, OK. A bit steep but if you say so...
- Also, you'll need a specially trained paper-folding specialist. We can provide you one for /just/ $20000 a year.
- Hm, let me think about it. Any other issues?
- Well, our paper folders are not compatible with some printed text. You also need to write everything using special pencils. But don't worry, we also provide you with pre-filled forms that cover all possible cases that everyone could conceivably need!
- So, let me recoup this, your stapler-less solution can save me a couple thousands dollars per year _tops_, requires a specially trained officer and can not be used to replace our workflow?
- I believe, the door is that way.